Should I choose a drop through or top mount longboard? Both mounting options have advantages and disadvantages for different types of riding. Tactics Downhill Skate Team rider Ross Druckrey explains how drop through and top mounting affect the way your board rides, and how that applies to carving, cruising, freeride, and downhill skateboarding.

In general, drop through mounting makes your board lower, more stable, and easier to push, but gives it less grip when cornering. This makes it great for cruising, carving, long distance pushing, and beginners who want to learn to slide. Top mounting gives you a taller ride height that translates to a more responsive, divey turn with more leverage on your trucks, and more grip when cornering. This makes it great for cruising, carving, freeride, and downhill. However, top mounts are less stable and harder to control at higher speeds, so drop through mounting is often preferred for beginners who are learning to freeride and downhill.

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Born in Vancouver, Les has been backpacking and adventuring around the globe most of his life. Skateboarding made it easier to get around, eventually leading to a long trek skate adventure across Kenya. With a new appreciation for skateboards and some good connections, Les dropped everything to make skateboarding his life and, as they say, it's all been downhill since. Now Editor at Skate[Slate] and one of the owners of Flatspot Longboards, Les spends the rest of his time raising his first kid, plugged into the skate-web, and skating with Coast Longboarding.

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